Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun U.S. in hockey opener

Members of the joint Korean women's hockey team console each other after a 4-1 loss to Japan in Group B game of the women's tournament at the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung Gangwon Province on Feb. 14 2018

Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun U.S. in hockey opener

Jan Mursak scored the victor for Slovenia 38 seconds into the overtime period.

Team USA led 2-0 in the third period when Slovenia rallied to create a tense finish.

Pyeongchang - The Men's Olympic tournament is now underway and the 1st day of it has proved why it's totally worth it watching. As a result, he ended up signing a one day contract to the Rochester Americans to play one game in front of his hometown crowd before he shipped off to South Korea.

Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period.

The U.S. struck first late in the opening period when Garrett Roe kept a loose puck in the Slovenian zone, carried it behind the net and fed Brian O'Neill who was streaking into the slot.

Slovenia had begun to tilt the ice toward the United States end, after they were out-shot for most of the first two periods, as the Americans were mostly the aggressors.

Korean players try to stop Japan from scoring in Group B game of the women's hockey tournament at the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung Gangwon Province on Feb. 14 2018

Jordan Greenway, who still plays at Boston University, scored Team USA's second goal of the night at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Wednesday.

In addition to the National Hockey League experience that Gionta and Wisniewski bring, Team USA also has some likely future National Hockey League talent on the team in Harvard's Donato, St. Cloud State's Will Borgen, Boston's Jordan Greenway and Denver's Troy Terry. Slovenia only gets two, instead of three, since the win did not come in regulation. Canada walked away with a gold medal after the 2014 Olympics, but Team USA will look to rebound as it enters the Winter Games as co-favorites for the gold (live starting at 10:10 p.m., NBCSN).

In overtime, Mursak was left alone in front of the U.S.net to score the game-winning goal off a pass from Gregorc. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season. After the US reached double-digits in number of shots taken, Brian O'Neill, a 29-year-old who plays in Finland, scored first for Team USA with just more than two minutes left in the first period.

It was the first win for Slovenia over the United States in Olympic men's ice hockey.

The United States continues preliminary round play against Slovakia at 10:10 Eastern Thursday.

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